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Seattle rock band Space Owl performing June 21 in Richland

Space Owl, a Seattle rock band, will bring its psychedelic light show to Richland on June 21.

Inspired by the rockin' songs of the 1960s, the group plays a mix of tunes by the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, as well as their own songs.

The show starts at 9 p.m. at the Emerald of Siam in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland. Cover is $5.

"The fundamental concept for the band is all about making people dance," David Appelbaum, Space Owl keyboardist, told the Herald in an email. "The reason for the covers was really just to have fun playing music that people know and can identify with. It also was to show that we have respect for the musical tradition that we are trying to be a part of."

Appelbaum hooked up with guitar player Ari Joshua last year at a popular Seattle nightclub where musicians hang out called the Seamonster Lounge.

Eight months later, Space Owl was born. They put together a repertoire of more than 100 songs.

Appelbaum's bandmates are Joshua on guitar and vocals, Bob "LBD" Lovelace on bass and vocals, and John Ewing on drums and vocals.

The band's name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Owsley Stanley, the infamous underground chemist of the 1960s who was best known as the LSD cook.

"It fits the psychedelic rock vibe we play, but we are not promoting LSD use or anything like that," Appelbaum said.

It's the psychedelic light show that is more a reference to the wild 1960s, combined with the music from the same era, he added.

"One of the best parts about Space Owl (concerts) is all of the songs that can potentially be played at any given show, which gives a feeling similar to Phish or Grateful Dead shows where anything can happen and each show is one of a kind," he said.

And while Space Owl dabbles in an eclectic mix of music, it's anybody's guess in which direction the band will turn next, he added.

"We're not sure yet, but John the drummer has been making a good case for Traffic to be the next band," Appelbaum said. "I'd be into doing that, or maybe Phish."

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal